In the past, a severe tooth infection meant you would likely lose your permanent tooth. Fortunately, dentists now have the skills and dental technology to save damaged teeth from infection thanks to root canal therapy. The experienced Northern Lights Dental Clinic team in North Pole, Alaska, uses root canal treatments to save teeth infected with harmful bacteria. To learn more about your options, call Northern Lights Dental Clinic or book an appointment online.
A root canal is an endodontic treatment that saves severely damaged teeth by removing the infection from inside your tooth. During the procedure, the Northern Lights Dental Clinic team extracts your pulp — the soft center of the tooth — as well as any nerves and debris, to eliminate the infection completely.
Ask the team about root canal therapy if you begin experiencing any of the following tooth infection symptoms:
Your pulp plays a vital role in your early tooth development, but it’s no longer needed once your teeth are fully mature. When your tooth is cracked or severely decayed, it creates small openings that leave enough room for bacteria to penetrate your pulp.
If the pulp or surrounding nerves become infected, they begin to break down, causing the infection to grow and spread. In some cases, an untreated infection leads to an abscessed tooth — a pus-filled ulcer that forms at the end of your tooth root. Not only do these infections cause tooth loss, but they can also break down the bone supporting your teeth and lead to drainage problems.
The Northern Lights Dental Clinic team first takes detailed X-rays of your mouth to ensure the infection hasn’t spread to your supporting bone. Next, a local anesthetic is used to numb your tooth during the procedure.
Your dentist then drills a small access hole into your infected tooth and removes the pulp, bacteria, nerve tissue, and any other debris. The team thoroughly cleans your tooth chamber, double-checking for any additional signs of infection, before filling and sealing it with a dental composite.
Depending on the severity of your decay, strengthening your tooth with a dental crown — a cap-shaped restoration that fits over your tooth to protect it from breaking.
With regular brushing, flossing, and routine visits to Northern Lights Dental Clinic, your restored tooth can last a lifetime. Call the office today or book an appointment online for more information.